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Royals' Interest In Torii Hunter Intensifies

The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports that the Royals' interest in free agent center fielder Torii Hunter has intensified.  Dutton first mentioned the club having an eye on Hunter six days ago.

Despite Dayton Moore's public indifference toward Jose Guillen's steroid history, Dutton says that is one reason the Royals are moving toward Hunter.  They can definitely afford him, even if they have to pay a premium for being a year or two off from contending.  Signing Hunter could open the door to a David DeJesus trade.  Dutton's sources present a contrast of opinion, with one calling Hunter a top priority and another considering him a long shot.

Moore surprised the baseball world by outbidding many teams for Gil Meche's services a year ago.  That deal looks solid 20% through, and may have added some legitimacy for Kansas City when entertaining free agents.


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